Leicester City 0:0 Manchester City
City completed half the league programme level on points with leaders Arsenal after a battling 0-0 draw at home to Manchester City on Tuesday night.
Claudio Ranieri made two changes to his side with Drinkwater and Inler in for Okazaki and King.
Although it was the visitors who had the best of the opening spell Leicester created the first real chance, Fuchs chipping a free-kick forward which Huth headed narrowly over the bar.
De Bruyne then tested Schmeichel with a well struck shot, before the constantly threatening Agüero had a shot deflected into the City keeper’s grasp.
After Morgan had broken up a dangerous move involving Silva and Sterling, Mahrez then dispossessed Kolarov before sending a shot just over the bar.
As Man City stepped up the pressure Schmeichel denied Sterling twice, but it was the home side who finished the half on top.
Albrighton went agonisingly close to reaching a Fuchs cross at the far post; and then Vardy burst through the middle, getting ahead of the superb Mangala for once, but he lifted his shot high of the target.
The second half continued at the same searing pace and De Bruyne’s cross was met by Agüero at the near post but he couldn’t convert the chance.
Kanté then charged forward from midfield and unleashed a low shot that was inches wide.
Ulloa came on for Inler in the 67th minute after Manuel Pellegrini had brought Bony on for Agüero.
Bony’s first effort saw him send a shot over the bar from a good position.
Drinkwater sent Vardy in on the left with a fine pass, but the England striker’s angled drive was saved by Hart.
Sterling and Silva were also withdrawn from play and there was little drama in the closing stages as both sides guarded their point.
2015 may well have been the greatest year in the history of Leicester City Football Club and this was a fitting end.
Claudio Ranieri outlined the task that faces us in the New Year: “We’re the basement and the other teams are a villa with a swimming pool. It’s not easy for us but we want to fight with everybody.”
Leicester: Schmeichel, Simpson, Huth, Morgan, Fuchs, Inler (Ulloa 67), Kanté, Drinkwater (King 80), Mahrez, Albrighton (De Laet 90), Vardy. Subs Not Used: Schwarzer, Wasilewski, Dyer, Okazaki.
Man City: Hart, Sagna, Mangala, Otamendi, Kolarov, Fernandinho, Silva (Navas 74), Touré, De Bruyne, Sterling (Iheanacho 89), Agüero (Bony 63). Subs Not Used: Zabaleta, Caballero, Demichelis, Horsfield.
Referee: C Pawson. Attendance: 32,027.
PHOTOS: Simon Kimber
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